Watermelon 5K

June 24th, 2016

Come down to Winter Park, Florida to celebrate the Watermelon 5K! It’s a great way to celebrate Independence Day! Monday, July 4th, 2016, get ready for a full day of fun with the Watermelon 5K. The day begins at 6:45 with the Team Challenge Winner Announcement and has a morning full of activities including a Watermelon Eating Contest!


The day starts with the Team Challenge where the team with the most participants will have a $500 donation made on their behalf to a local 501(c)(3) organization that supports military service. Teams are to show your support of our local military with charitable examples including active, reserve, veterans, wounded service personnel, military families or ROTC organizations. The winners will be announced on race day at 6:45 am.


Following the Team Challenge is the 5K. Participants will enjoy their walk/run through Winter Park. Beginning on Park Avenue, the 3.1 mile course runs through the best streets of Winter Park. Stick around for the Watermelon Eating Contest starting at 8:00 am, where four men and four women are choses to participate. The top male and female winners will receive festive watermelon merchandise. Then you won’t want to miss the Free Kids’ Run at 8:15! All registered 5K participants will receive a short sleeved, unisex t-shirt—be sure to wear yours on race day in the spirit of the holiday!


It is noted that bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates and dogs are prohibited from the race course. The use of headphones is highly discouraged. Stroller/jogger operators start behind the designated stroller signage and may not walk/jog no faster than 15 miles per minute—a safe operating speed. The Track Shack’s mission is keeping Central Florida fit, and while walkers are encouraged to participate in all Track Shack races, the municipalities require that roadways are clear of participants and opened as soon as the race is complete. There is a maximum pace of 15 miles per mile set and the pace needs to be maintained, otherwise race officials will ask you to move to the sidewalk to reopen the roadways


Don’t waste time to book yourself to this event. If you have any questions or would like more information about this race, don’t hesitate to contact Track Shack at contact 407.896.1160 or info@trackshack.com.

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Quail Hollow Country Club

June 18th, 2016

Come visit Quail Hollow Country Club for your getaway that is close enough to home to where you can forget that you are only minutes away from everyday life. Whether it’s just to play a round of golf or to spend your day relaxing in the shade of a private cabana, Quail Hollow has everything you are looking for. With a staff that is more than willing to cater to you, Quail Hollow ensures that you have everything you need while you’re on the beautifully maintained golf course.


Home to one of the finest 18-hole championship golf courses in the state of Florida, Quail Hollow boasts that it is more than just a golf course. With four sets of tees, ample With four sets of tees, ample water hazards, gently sloping greens and pine tree-lined fairways, it offers challenges and rewards for golfers of all skill levels. Our fully stocked, on-site pro shop offers access to a wide variety of equipment and apparel brands at competitive price points.


Aside from the amazing golf, there are plenty of other amenities offered here. With a spacious restaurant and lavish banquet facilities, Quail Hollow hopes to cater your wedding or private parties of any and all sizes. Whether it’s planning a wedding reception for dozens of guests, a catered anniversary party with your closest friends, or a business meeting with colleagues, the event planning staff is more than happy to plan, arrange and fully execute to your specific details. They are capable of handling events of all sizes, including but not limited to charity golf tournaments and vendor conventions.


Do not hesitate to contact the staff at Quail Hollow for your next event or to schedule a tee time at 813.333.0033. Located in Wesley Chapel, Florida just five minutes from I-75 and State Road 54 on Old Pasco Road, Quail Hollow awaits you.

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Hillsborough River State Park

June 12th, 2016

Hillsborough River State Park is known as one of Florida’s first state parks. Opening back in 1938, this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. Hillsborough River State Park offers a wide array of amenities for its guests all while being rich with activities for you to enjoy.


The river is great for all adventure seekers as it provides activities ranging from fishing, canoeing and kayaking. You can launch your canoe or kayak at parking lot #4. If you didn’t bring your own canoe or bike, don’t fret! The concession provides rentals for these as well as golf carts. Also available at the concession are breakfast and lunch menus, camping and picnic supplies and a variety of memorable souvenirs. For rates and hours of operation, do not hesitate to contact the Hillsborough Park Pool Side Café at 813.986.3322.


Other activities for adventure seekers include hiking. There are over seven miles of nature trails—with The Wetlands Restoration Trail accommodating both bicycles and hikers only. Weather permitting, visitors can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the park’s ADA accessible swimming pool. Pool operating hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For swimming pool information and updates, contact 813.987.6771.


You can either take it easy and hook up your RV or rough it and tent camp here at Hillsborough River State Park. There is a primitive campsite available via foot trail with reservations always being recommended to obtain that position.


Also included in the Hillsborough River State Park is the Fort Foster State Historic Site. It is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Due to the sensitivity of this historic site, experiencing Fort Foster is only available via ranger-guided interpretive tours every Saturday at 2pm and 4pm and on Sunday at 11am for $2.00 a person.


Come visit Hillsborough River State Park!


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Westchase Golf Club

June 6th, 2016

Lauded as one of the finest golf experiences in the Tampa area, Westchase Golf Club is sure to be one of your new favorite places to golf. Westchase Golf Club has been voted in the Top Ten nationally and first in the state in a national survey for customer loyalty and satisfaction. In addition to an amazing golf experience, Westchase Golf would love the opportunity to host your events, with a tastefully appointed Clubhouse.


Westchase Golf Club is a premium daily-fee facility that is recognized by the National Golf Foundation for its outstanding course conditions, service and value. Westchase has placed in the top ten of the national rankings and number one in the state of Florida for the CLASP award. The CLASP award (Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction) is given to the best of the more than 400 courses that participate in the NGF program.


The 6699-yard, par 72 course was designed by nationally known architect Lloyd Clifton. With it winding through natural wetlands, wooden bridges and bulkheads, it is lauded as “one of the most beautiful public-access courses in the Tampa area.” Westchase has earned high ratings from Golf Digest as well as receiving a Great Value award.


Opening in 1992, Westchase was the centerpiece of the Westchase master-planned community. This great community spans over 2000 acres  and has in excess of 5,000 homes. You are also privy to the gorgeous nature—as well as natural life—that is living among the course. Serving visitors from all around the world as well as golfers from surrounding communities, Westchase offers a peak-life experience for all those who come visit. Four sets of tees will also accommodate golfers of different skill levels, all of which will enjoy a challenging round of golf through 213 acres of lakes, woods and scenic conservation. The 9500 square foot clubhouse overlooks the 9th and 18th greens is great for events, group outings and weddings.


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Waterfront Park and Intracoastal Waterway Trail

May 31st, 2016

Waterfront Park welcomes you to its serene beauty by also giving you the unique experience of the Intracoastal Waterway. With 20-acres encompassing the park, there is a plethora of park amenities that are sure to be sufficient for you and your family to enjoy. The dazzling experience of seeing manatees and dolphins along the Intracoastal Waterway Trail is also reason to come visit the Waterfront Park area.


There is a Bicycle Maintenance Station that is available for use 24-hours a day, seven days a week. There is a horizontal, padded post to hang the bike from so bicyclists can rotate the pedals to adjust gears, change a tire or perform other maintenance. A tire pump with a tire pressure gauge is also provided at each station. PC Bike and Palm Coast Observer kindly donated this Bicycle Maintenance Station.


The Intracoastal Waterway Trail winds 2 miles in length from the Waterfront Park Trail Head to Hammock Dunes Bridge Trailhead. This path provides some glorious scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy as various bird species, dolphins and manatees can be frequently viewed from the trail. The Intracoastal Waterway is also wheelchair-friendly. Both Waterfront Park and the Intracoastal Waterway Trail encompass suggested City Trail Routes listed on Trek It Out!  for you to have an amazing exploration of the historic oaks, towering pines and indigenous vegetation with family and/or friends. These trails traverse Palm Coast’s most delicate scenery, promising an exhilarating experience that will forever build cherished memories.


Amenities of the Waterfront Park and Intracoastal Waterway Trail include family picnic pavilions, playground, fishing pier, restrooms with covered patio, benches along the walking trail, water fountain, and a Children’s Memorial Garden—that is located .25 miles north along the Intracoastal Waterway Trail).


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The Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory

May 25th, 2016

Come visit the Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory today to find the perfect chocolate for yourself! Named one of the Top 10 Sweetest Destinations in America by TripAdvisor.com, this small candy shop is one of a kind, where the chocolate treats are homemade. With free tours of the facility, you will be able to see how the candy is made, giving you a chance to learn about the chocolate making process. There is a full retail shop where non-chocolate candy, fudge and other specialty items are offered.


In 1925, two industrious women—Ridell Angell and Cora Phelps—founded The Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. Beginning in the resort town of Mackinac Island, Michigan, the store was forced to close at the start of WWII and the company moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. While Florida has warm temperatures year round, imagine the struggle to make chocolate prior to the invention of air conditioning! It was through passion, determination, and a commitment to quality that Ms. Angell and Ms. Phelps were able to overcome all the obstacles to create such a business that has become a tradition for so many people.


Today, Angell & Phelps is proud to carry on the traditions that were started way back in 1925. Riddell and Cora’s time tested recipes are still used in making the candies today. Not to mention, the company still holds on to the old-fashioned virtues of homemade quality and fast, friendly service. Their commitment to customers is: to never compromise quality and to produce the most flavorful chocolates available. In order to meet such high standards, they use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in all their products. Their reputation is maintained for excellence and gives you an ironclad 100% Satisfaction Guarantee; if you are not completely satisfied, call for a prompt, courteous replacement or refund.


Make sure you stop by to take the free factory tour! Tour times are Monday through Saturday at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Free chocolate samples are given at the end of every factory tour! Each guided tour lasts approximately 20 minutes with the tours being wheelchair and stroller accessible. If your group is larger than 15 people, it is asked that you contact to make a reservation.

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Palm Harbor Golf Club

May 19th, 2016

Pick up your golf clubs for a round of golf at the Palm Harbor Golf Club. Known as “The First & Best in Palm Coast,” you will enjoy the glory of Old Florida here. With recent renovations, redesign and a reopening in 2009, Palm Harbor has been voted People’s Choice for the Best Golf Course in Flagler County every year.


Palm Harbor’s natural beauty has been carved between palm trees and old oaks that are cradled with Spanish moss. The course both presents a challenge for the seasoned golfer while providing a memorable experience for golfers of all skill levels. The golf club has many features which include a full service practice facility with a driving range, putting green and chipping green complete with a bunker. There is also a pro shop that carries both men’s and women’s name brand apparel and equipment. Also don’t forget to stop by Canfield’s Restaurant for quality food and service with a plethora of beverages to quench your thirst.


With a friendly and professional staff, Palm Harbor Golf Club made a commitment to personal and courteous service for all the guests. They know that once the guests have experienced Palm Harbor Golf Club, you’ll want to come back again and again.


Palm Harbor Golf Club is conveniently located in Flagler County between Daytona Beach and the Historic St. Augustine area—just off Interstate 95. Don’t hesitate to book your tee times today by calling the Pro Shop at 386.986.GOLF

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Halifax Historical Museum

May 13th, 2016

Located on South Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Halifax Historical Museum presents the history of the greater Daytona Beach area known as Halifax Country. Housed in the former 1910 Merchants Bank building, the two-story interior walls are filled with hand-painted murals depicting area scenes, and highlighted by Beaux Arts styling of stained glass windows and lighting. The building itself is a destination! Don’t miss out on this piece of Daytona Beach’s history.


The Halifax Historical Museum has artifacts dating from 5,000 B.C.E. With artifacts from the local Americans—the Timucuans—along with the Spanish and British colonial eras, early pioneer families, World War I & II, and vintage toys and clothing for children in Grandma’s Attic, there is something for everyone. Also for your convenience, there is a 20-minute movie shown continuously throughout the day that covers over 130,000 years of local history! Not to mention, the Museum offers a research facility with old city directories and documents as well as an extensive photographic and postcard collection.


The Halifax Historical Society was founded in 1949 with the mission of the Society being to gather, preserve, educate and present the history of the Halifax River area to the public. The Halifax Historical Museum has been housed in the 105-year-old former Merchant’s Bank Building since 1986. Visitors frequently comment how this museum and its impressive collections are one of the best-kept secrets of the North Central Florida area.


Museum hours are 10:30 am to 4:30 pm Tuesdays through Friday and Saturdays open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission prices are set at $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. On Thursdays, Admission is by donation and on Saturdays, admission for adults is $5 with children 12 and under being free. The museum is wheelchair accessible. There is ample parking in the Palmetto Avenue Parking lot.


For more information, call 386.255.6976.

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Good Form Running Clinic

May 7th, 2016

1396896700-ZP3P4N3QNeeding some extra training to improve your running? New to running and don’t know where to start? Come join the Good Form Running Clinic, a Track Shack sponsored event, to take part in making leaps in your form running. The Good Form Running Clinic is offered throughout the year, but the upcoming event is May 16, 2016. You will be meeting at the Track Shack on Mills Avenue in Orlando.


It is important that you come dressed prepared to run! It is advised to wear comfortable running clothes and shoes that can withstand a little running. The Good Form Running clinics are presented by New Balance and these are small instructional classes that you can join in on at any month of the year—with the exception of January—at Track Shack. So if you can’t make it to the one held on May 16th, 2016, know that there is one coming up in the future for you to be a part of.


As you come to attend the Good Form Running Clinic, here are a few things that you can expect of the clinic. There will be a Good Form Running trainer who sets goals to get you running faster, easier and without injuries by using the four fundamental points of Good Form Running. It is important to note that runners will be videotaped with their trainer analyzing the individual’s footage to help better your running skill. You will also learn and practice key drills that will improve your core strength.


The Good Form Running Clinics at Track Shack are FREE to the public with registration being a requirement. There is a limited amount of space per clinic, with 15 runners being the maximum. Book your appointment for the Good Form Running Clinic today by calling Track Shack at 407.898.1313. If you are unable to make this round of Good Form Running Clinic, then keep in mind the upcoming events that you can register for by clicking here.

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Barberville Pioneer Settlement

May 1st, 2016

Located in Barberville, Florida, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Barberville Pioneer Settlement, as it is truly a unique experience for all. With a historical village nestled within a corner of western Volusia County. You can choose from self-guided tours or each visitor or group can be provided with a guided tour of the structures within the expansive campus. The Barberville Pioneer Settlement illustrates life in rural Florida of how life was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


You can come visit the Barberville Pioneer Settlement Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm or if you have a large group, it is open on Mondays to accommodate them. Beginning November 15th, 2015, the Barberville Pioneer Settlement will be open Sundays from 11am to 3pm. The Barberville Pioneer Settlement is closed for all holidays. It is asked that you plan to arrive for your visit to the Barberville Pioneer Settlement no later than 2:00pm in order to give yourself plenty of time to explore the entire campus. Throughout the Barberville Pioneer Settlement, there is a plethora of shade trees, benches and picnic tables.


Admission prices for self-guided tours are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5 and current Settlement members. For guided tours, a reservation and a minimum of $40.00 is required. Prices for the guided tour are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5.


The Barberville Pioneer Settlement was brought about by a group of Volusia County teachers who had a passion for the arts back in 1976. The teachers who founded the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Inc., as a not for profit organization include: Lura Bell, Anne Johnson, Dorothy Felton, Shirley Keppel, Mary McClancy, Marion Hillabold, Dorothy Johnson and Viola Pierson. Over the years, the program has adapted to meet the growing need for FCAT-baed learning benchmarks. It is with pride that the Barberville Pioneer Settlement lives by their mission statement: To educate and entrust the public and future generations with the knowledge of the pioneer lifestyle of our forefathers, through hands on experience, folk life demonstrations, preservation and historical exhibits.


For more information or to schedule your tour, contact 386.749.2959 or info@pioneersettlement.org.

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